Following some unsubstantiated and extremely direct accusations from Jake Paul about paying off judges, Eddie Hearn has decided to take the legal route.
Hearn, who promoted Paul’s first ever professional fight, had said that, whilst he was happy to take certain comments with a pinch of salt, the allegations in question were too serious to not respond properly. The American’s comments were in relation to a scorecard from their joint-promoted event which saw Katie Taylor beat Amanda Serrano in New York.
The lawsuit, which is seeking over $100 million for reputational damage, doesn’t seem to bother the American YouTuber/fighter/promoter. He spoke to MMA Junkie.
“I’m not even focused on it. I have this fight coming up, October 29th, and my lawyers are dealing with that. So, haven’t really even put any thought into it. Don’t care. You know, I get sued all the time for stupid shit. I’m 5 and 0 in lawsuits, and I’m 5 and 0 in the ring. I got all the time in the world, all the money in the world, and I’m just focused on October 29th.”
The Paul promoted Serrano and Hearn promoted Taylor are both, it seems, keen for a rematch – but one wonders how likely it is should the two companies be embroiled in legal beef.
Meanwhile, Jake Paul has his own fight to worry about. He faces Brazilian Mixed Martial Arts legend, Anderson Silva, in Arizona on October 29. It will be his sixth professional fight, and a step up in the sense that his opponent has a professional boxing record and win. Should he come through this test, rumours are he will face brother of Heavyweight Champion, Tommy Fury, early next year.